JACKSON, Wyo. — Updating the sound of classic ‘70s funk has been the mission of many jambands over the last two decades, though few have achieved the success level of New York-based Lettuce. Remarkably, founding members met in 1992 as teenagers at a Berklee College of Music summer program, only to part ways and link up two years later as undergrads. Chemistry and dedication eventually led to two Grammy nominations—Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2019 for Elevate, and another for Instrumental Album of the Year in 2020 for Resonate. Their eighth studio album, Unify, dropped last June.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday), the sextet will unleash their horn-based funk attack at the Center Theater. For this event, the orchestra level of the Center Theater will be general admission (standing room), and the balcony will be reserved seating. This mirrors the seating arrangement for the recent sold out Steve Aoki show, and was deemed a success by Center staff and patrons.

Lettuce’s current lineup features founding members Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar), Adam Deitch (drums), and Ryan Zoidis (saxophones) along with longtime members Erick “Jesus” Coomes (bass), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet), and Nigel Hall (Hammond B-3 organ, clavinet, piano, vocals). One description that has been used for this collection of individuals is “relentless energy,” so be ready to groove into a galaxy far, far away. Perhaps investing in the band’s own full-spectrum CDB supplement—Lettuce Biodynamic Hemp Flower Oil—will help sustain you through the night.

DJ support from Nigel Hall.

An Evening with: Lettuce, 8 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 18 at the Center Theater. $51-$78. jhcenterforthearts.org.

Buckrail @ Aaron

Aaron Davis is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer-engineer at Three Hearted Recording Studio, covering the Teton County music scene as a journalist-photographer since 2005.